I grew up with a hunger for learning new ways to improve my body and mind I spent 7 years practicing Kyokushin a style of stand up, full contact Karate. I was drawn to this style as the word describes “Kyokushin” is Japanese for “the ultimate truth.” It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. I’ve spent 3 years studying Capoeira, the Brazilian Martial Art that combines elements of dance & acrobatics to achieve quick and complex moves using power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques. And to round out my martial arts training I also spent 3 years immersed in Muay Thai, which is a combat sport of Thailand using stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Through it all, (10 years) I’ve been a regular student of a variety of practices of Yoga. This mind body connection has always been an important aspect to my life.
In 2010 I was introduced to CrossFit by my sister. Initially I was drawn to how much fun it was as it felt like an adult playground. I soon fell in love with all the technical aspects of CrossFit as well and began training and coaching competitively. I really honed into the sport of Olympic Weightlifting as well and won a Bronze Medal at the Provincial level in 2012. Mobility and stability are my favourite focal points and as a whole, CrossFit makes me want to improve in all aspects of life. This desire to improve myself naturally evolved into wanting to dedicate my time and energy into improving other people’s lives as well. This transition happened 4 years ago when I began coaching CrossFit.